[montanafood_ag] Farm to School Updates - Early July 2013

Aubree Roth aubree.roth at montana.edu
Tue Jul 9 17:06:37 MDT 2013

Howdy! Below are updates from the National Farm to School Network. Enjoy!


·        *Growing School Gardens Webinar - **Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:00
p.m. EDT*

*Co-hosted by edWeb.net and the National Farm to School Network*

*The Edible Schoolyard Project: Mapping & Engaging the Edible Education

*Presenter: Emilie Gioia, Online Director for EdibleSchoolyard.org*

*For more information and to register, visit this
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·        *FRAC’s Breakfast Matters “How To” Webinar - The Finances of
Operating Universal Breakfast in the Classroom* *Thursday, July 11 at 3
p.m. ET*

*Register here...*<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=n05jDSxhw%2BJSy5KMJtTnp8gc6agNyDl6>

The third installment of our “How To” breakfast series will cover the
financial nuts and bolts of moving breakfast out of the cafeteria into the
classroom, and eliminating student fees. Strategies to increase
participation while also improving efficiencies in program operations will
be explored. Expert child nutrition professionals will guide participants
through the steps of assessing a school breakfast program operation,
running the numbers for different models, and determining a participation
level needed for a break-even point for elimination of student fees.

·        *FRAC’s After School Matters Conference Call – What to Expect When
you Apply **Wednesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. ET*

*Register here...*<http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=kMjeTs0UsZcGi5cj9qRkOsgc6agNyDl6>

Don’t be daunted by the application process to participate in the
Afterschool Meal Program. Our next Afterschool Meals Matter call will offer
tips on how to get started and how to navigate the application process.
Hear from state agencies, program sponsors, and program providers; and
learn what information you or the program you support will need to apply.
We will discuss the application turn-around time and how local advocates
can support a program throughout the process. At the end of this call, you
will be eager to call your state agency and begin your application.


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·        *Rural Cooperative Development Grants, Deadline July 15, 2013*

The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service is currently accepting applications
for their Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program until
July 15th<http://wallacecenter.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f6e853d37c1ed4db967a79125&id=6e7014f419&e=fb2806fc6f>.
There is $6.5 million available on a competitive basis to Rural Cooperative
Development Centers that lend technical assistance to individuals and
organizations. Nonprofits and institutions of higher education are also
eligible to apply. Cost-sharing is required and the maximum grant amount is
$200,000. For more information, and to apply, click

·        *Aetna Foundation Accepting Applications for Regional Nutrition
and Physical Activity

Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for programs that target
communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social
and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically

*Deadline:** September 15, 2013*

*Policy *

·        *House Fails to Pass a Farm Bill*

On June 20th, the US House of Representatives failed to pass a farm bill by
a vote of 195-234.   National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is doing a
3-part blog series on the failure of the House to pass this important
legislation and possible next steps for the farm bill process.   The first
in this 3-part series may be found at the following link.




*Open Positions*

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·        *Position Announcement: Executive Director- Southern Sustainable
Agriculture Working Group*

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
<http://www.ssawg.org>(Southern SAWG) is seeking to hire a new
Executive Director. The Executive
Director will be responsible for leading the organization in its work of
empowering and inspiring farmers, individuals, and communities throughout
the South to create a sustainable agriculture and food system. Whereas
relocation to Arkansas is not necessary for the successful candidate,
southern residence is required. Please view this full job
more information and to apply (deadline = July 31

·        *Position Announcement: Project Associate, Metrics Coordinator and
Supply Chain Project Manager at Farm to Institution New England (FINE)*.
Position descriptions are available at
 Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for one or more
position(s), all positions are part-time and contractual for one year with
the possibility for extension.

*New Resources, Research*

·        *Check out Ecotrust’s new **Farm to School Showcase
*!* We’re excited to share with you a new free publication put together by
Ecotrust’s Farm to School program – *The Farm to School Showcase Toolkit: A
Guide for Connecting Local Food Suppliers with School Food Buyers at School
Nutrition Trade Shows*. Since 2010, Ecotrust has been coordinating a
special event for Oregon school food service staff to help them connect
with local food producers, processors, and distributors. The event, which
we call the “Farm to School Showcase,” is part of the school food trade
show at Oregon’s School Nutrition Association (SNA) annual conference. The
conference is attended by school food service staff from almost every
school district in the state of Oregon.  After four years of organizing
these events here at home, we’re ready to scale up! Almost every state in
the country has its own annual SNA conference and trade show, and we’ve
published this toolkit to make it easy for local food advocates to host
Farm to School Showcases of their own. The Farm to School Showcase model is
a powerful and efficient way to introduce a large number of school food
service staff to local food vendors, and in turn to increase institutional
purchases of local foods. Read a short story about the origins of the Farm
to School Showcase
and download the free toolkit
Please share widely!

·        *Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier
*RWJF is reconvening the Commission, an independent, non-partisan group of
leaders in 2013, four years after it released its initial recommendations,
to provide guidance on how to improve the health of all Americans. At a
public meeting on June 19, experts provided testimony on innovative
strategies, programs and key research on ways to improve the health of
communities and in early childhood. To watch the full video of the meeting
and download the reports, visit this

·        *Kaiser Permanente and Field Research Corp. Release Nationwide
Survey Results on Obesity Prevention*

Americans view obesity as a serious problem among both the overall public
and among children and teens, and most people believe that local K-12
schools need to take a leading role in combating the epidemic, according to
a *recent survey*<http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter/pressreleases/nat/2013/downloads/2013-KP-Childhood-Obesity-Prevention-Survey-Findings.pdf>conducted
by Field
Research Corp <http://www.field.com/>. Nationwide, 78 percent of parents
think that healthier food in
increase academic performance and a similar percentage say that
regular physical activity during the school day will also boost school

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·        *First Update in More than 30 Years is Critical to Providing
Healthier Foods, Addressing Childhood

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today issued updated nutrition
standards for school snack foods and beverages. The move will help schools
provide healthier choices in vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines,
and other places where foods and beverages are sold outside of the school
meals programs.

·        *Hopkins Research Review Recommends Community-Based Obesity
Prevention Programs*

In a research review published last week in the journal *Pediatrics*,
researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found
that community-based intervention programs that incorporate schools and
focus on diet and exercise were more effective at preventing childhood
 Researchers examined nine studies that featured community-based
interventions and found that, among those, the two interventions that
included a school component effectively prevented obesity or overweight in

·        *USDA Helps Make Nutrition Education Fun For

Research shows that students with healthful eating patterns tend to do
better in school, and it’s important that children begin learning about
food and nutrition when they’re young. In support of that goal, the Food
and Nutrition Service recently released three free sets of curriculum
educators can use to empower children to make healthful food...

·        *Streamlining Options Now Available for Summer Food Sponsors to
Transition to Afterschool Meals*
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued new policy
 which will make it easier for SFSP sponsors to transition at the end
of the summer to the Afterschool Meal Program available through the Child
and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)



*Millennials Making Change*<http://www.mtpr.org/post/millennials-making-change>


Farm to Cafeteria Network, a program of the National Center for Appropriate
Technology, or NCAT, has recently begun a Growing Leaders program— a
network of ...

*Mont. school invites community to "Try the
A Montana elementary school is hosting a fundraiser in which parents will
be able to try the meals that students eat daily. For $3, attendees will be
served lasagna with local greens and pasta and oregano grown in the school
garden. The school also will offer parents a tour of the garden. Missoulian
(Missoula, Mont.)<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/eyoeCiowrICjdmbiCidylLCicNnvZa?format=standard>(6/10)

*Aubree Roth*
*Child Nutrition Education Coordinator, Montana Team Nutrition Program*
*Montana State Lead, National Farm to School Network*
*202 Romney Hall, P.O. Box 173370*
*Bozeman, MT 59717-3370*
*Ph: 406.994.5996*
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